In a speech to mark the annexation of four Ukrainian regions invaded by Russian forces, Putin offered no evidence for the claim. Russia has previously said the U.S. would profit from attacks on Europe’s energy infrastructure.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine tilts the LNG market to favor the U.S., which has drilled and innovated its way to become a key global exporter of LNG—thanks in large part to the persistence of Charif Souki.
"This looks like an act of terrorism, possibly on a state level," Russian Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipeline leaks into the Baltic Sea.
"It definitely looks highly suspicious, but I think we need to establish the facts and then attribute," an anonymous western official said of Russia's potential involvement in the recent Nord Stream pipeline leaks.
Acting Afghan Commerce and Industry Minister Haji Nooruddin Azizi said the deal would involve Russia supplying around one million tonnes of gasoline, one million tonnes of diesel, 500,000 tonnes of LPG and two million tonnes of wheat annually.
Sweden’s Maritime Authority issued a warning about two leaks in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, shortly after a leak on the nearby Nord Stream 2 pipeline was discovered that had prompted Denmark to restrict shipping.
European countries have resisted Russian calls to allow the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to operate and accused Moscow of using energy as a weapon. Russia denies doing so and blames the West for gas shortages.
The secondary sanctions would target financial institutions involved in trade finance, insurance, reinsurance and brokerage of Russian oil and petroleum products sold at prices exceeding the cap.
China’s oil purchases from Russia have climbed to reap the benefits of a plunge in European buying as the Ukraine crisis pushes Moscow in search of alternative markets.
Speaking to reporters after a summit in Uzbekistan, President Vladimir Putin blamed what he called “the green agenda” for the energy crisis, and insisted that Russia would fulfill its energy obligations.